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Deadline Closes In For Mortgage Relief Settlement

States have until close of business Monday to sign on to a settlement that would help underwater homeowners. If states agree to the deal, it could mean a settlement of up to $25 billion. It would be used for aid to people who have dealt with foreclosure or are at risk of it.
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After Deep Cuts, New Mexico Now Has Budget Surplus

In New Mexico, state lawmakers are figuring out what to do with a budget surplus. Republicans want to give some of the money to businesses, in the form of tax breaks. Democrats want to restore some of the cuts to services made over the last three years.
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Komen Foundation Struggles To Lure Back Donors

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is fighting to keep controversy from undermining its fundraising efforts. Komen spends tens of millions of dollars for cancer research, education and screening. But that spending was criticized long before the current flap over its Planned Parenthood grants.
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Unions Create TV Ad To Appeal To Young People

Hoping to continue a conversation about inequality started by the Occupy Wall Street movement, a recently tested ad by the AFL-CIO doesn't mention unions. Instead, it focuses on a "Work Connects Us All" theme.
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In Idaho, Two Workers Take Jobs, And Hope For Best

Before the recession, Idaho had one of the fastest growing economies in the country. But last year, its jobless rate peaked at nearly 10 percent. That number has begun to creep down – but many workers in the state are still struggling to replace the jobs they've lost.
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Sarkozy Sews Up Seamstress' Unemployment Fix

For most of the 20th century, high-end lingerie maker Lejaby has done well. But in 2010 it closed three factories. And now it is shuttering its last, the only place where French lingerie is still made in France. Until President Nicolas Sarkozky stepped in, 93 seamstresses were going to be unemployed.
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California's Stevia Growers Bet On Fast Track To Sweetener Success

The first big fields of stevia ever grown in the U.S. will spout this summer in California's Central Valley. One company is trying to turn this semiwild, zero-calorie plant into an industrial crop at Silicon Valley speed.

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